It’s still unclear where exactly is Buxton hurting, as the team hasn’t updated his status.
They will probably do so after the game; meanwhile, Twins beat writers are trying to get more clarity as we speak.
For all his talents (and they are considerable), Buxton is an extremely injury-prone player.
“Byron Buxton only playing in 500 games since 2015 is wild,” Rob Thibeault tweeted, with a picture of his games played per season since making his big league debut in 2015.
Byron Buxton only playing in 500 games since 2015 is wild pic.twitter.com/noMqU4DT0v
— Rob (@rob_thibeault) April 15, 2022
Let’s forget about 2015 and chalk that up at him being a rookie and not particularly effective; however, from 2016 to 2021, Buxton has played 447 games out of a possible 870.
Injuries Have Given Him A Rough Treatment
That’s good for a 51.37 percent of the Twins’ games over that span.
If there was any doubt that he is an impactful player, consider the fact he led the Twins in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) last year with 4.2 in just 61 games, a little more than a third.
He is good enough to make a huge impact on the three facets of the game: offense, defense, and baserunning.
But some say health is a skill, and he certainly doesn’t have it.
Since 2015, here is a snapshot of the injuries he has suffered: a sprained left thumb, a knee contusion, back spasms, a groin strain, migraines, a strained wrist, a fractured toe, concussion-like symptoms, a bruised right wrist, shoulder surgery, a left foot sprain, a hit by a pitch in the helmet that resulted in more concussion-like symptoms, hamstring tightness, a hip strain, and a fractured hand.
Many of those injuries are fluke-ish, but others are the results of his all-in style of play.
We hope he gets healthy soon and show his incredible talents on the field.